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Morgan Spurlock: Super Sized Documentarian

Morgan Spurlock might not be as much of a household name as, say, Michael Moore, but he’s definitely one of the most entertaining documentary filmmakers around.  Spurlock quickly gained recognition with his 2004 hit, Super Size Me, which documented his journey to consume every item on the McDonald’s menu for 30 days without exercise.  While he gained nearly 25 lbs and had bouts of depression as a result of his fast food meal diet, being nominated for an Academy Award for  Documentary Feature more than made up for his suffering.  The film went on to gross more then 20 million worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time.

Spurlock then went on to make  The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a documentary which explored the world of marketing, advertising, and product placement in films and television.  While the film didn’t achieve the monetary and award success of Super Size Me, the documentary was critically acclaimed and cemented Spurlock’s growing reputation.

This year, Spurlock is a double threat with two documentaries scheduled for release this spring.  The first, which will receive its American release this April, is Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope.  Co-written by Joss Whedon and Jeremy Chilnick, the film also stars Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, and Eli Roth. The documentary takes a look at the the thousands of fans that gather each year for the San Diego Comic Con, the world’s largest even of its kind.  The second film Mansome, which will released in May, takes a humorous and in depth look about male grooming.  The wide cast of characters include Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, John Waters, Zach Galifianakis, and Judd Apatow.

If these films are anything like Spurlock’s past work, then 2012 could be a big year for him.